You're confusing saying the news with opinionated editorializing.
This is what "The Newsroom" is all about: reminding folks that there used to be these guys on TV called "journalists" or "Newsmen". They came on TV and exposed frauds like McCarthy or dangers like DDT or Vietnam. They didn't have opinions, they just told the truth and people got the message loud and clear.
Today under the entertainment banner, network news has intentionally created a new semantical framework where EVERYTHING is opinion and there is no objective truth. Thus they sell commercial time by pitting everyone against each other like some demented wrestling match.
If anyone tells the truth about anything, the network immediately books opposition to it and sets up another shouting match so the public has no idea what's true and what isn't, so they buy more Cialis to cope with the resultant stress.
"The Newsroom" reminds us, hey, there are real facts. Actual, incontrovertible truths out there. And when this guy McAvoy tells them to you, you can believe him, and be properly outraged. We don't always need to jump to the opposition moron spewing some talking points baloney.
The anchor just told you the news. It was not his "opinion". Deal with it. Just like back in the day. Integrity. The lost art.
But there's an additional bonus to the nets for keeping everything on the "opinion" level. It allows them to prevent the emergence of any actual truth teller. These are giant corporations with global interests and a great deal of money at stake in many markets. Truth rocks boats, and rocking boats affect the bottom line. So this "scandal" that McAvoy is being threatened with is not some fictional metaphor. Scandal hammers fall on whistleblowers and truthtellers all the time. See: Julian Assange and Eliot Spitzer.
Speak truth to power and get your teeth knocked out in short order. "The Newsroom" masquerades as a romcom, but it's actually a hero's tale.
Edited by Maruuk, 26 July 2012 - 02:00 PM.